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Rapper Nicki Minaj has scored a big legal victory after a lawsuit filed against her by her former hairstylist was thrown out of court.
Earlier this year (14), Terrence Davidson accused the Starships hitmaker of stealing his multi-colored wig designs and then reneging on a deal to enter into a business partnership for her trademark hairpieces. He demanded $30 million (£18.75 million) in compensation, but Minaj fired back at Davidson, claiming he only filed suit out of anger "because he lost his most famous client".
She asked for the case to be dismissed and her request has since been granted after the U.S. judge overseeing the complaint declared there is nothing special about colored wigs, reports TMZ.com. The judge also ruled that any agreement made between Davidson and Minaj for the joint wig line had not been formally outlined and the claim was therefore too vague for him to grant damages.
Minaj parted ways with Davidson last year (13) due to "creative differences".
Hugh Grant has spoken publicly for the first time about the child he secretly fathered with a Swedish TV producer. The Notting Hill star has previously remained tight-lipped about his two-year-old son, whose name has not been made public, but now he has spoken about the boy and his feelings for the tot's mother, Anna Eberstein.
Speaking to Swedish newspaper Nojesbladet, Grant says, "I love him very much... I see him all the time, most days. (Me and Eberstein) are very good friends. She is a very good mother."
The actor initially denied rumours in 2012 that he had become a dad again but it was confirmed a year later when he added his name to the child's birth certificate.
Grant has fathered three children in a 15-month period - in addition to his son with Eberstein, he also has daughter Tabitha, three, and son Felix Chang, 21 months, by former girlfriend Tinglan Hong.
Lmfao star Redfoo is considering asking Australian officials to grant a restraining order against a partygoer who allegedly attacked him with a glass during a night out in Sydney last month (Aug14). The rapper, real name Stefan Gordy, suffered a cut to the head in August (14) during a spat at a private bash in the city, where he has been living while taping The X Factor Australia.
A 21-year-old man was charged with malicious wounding and is due in court later this month (Sep14), and Redfoo is hoping to get a restraining order to keep the suspect away from him.
He tells New Corp Australia, "I'm going to ask some questions about that... I don't want to be in a club when he's there. I wish I knew more about him. He's living near where I live. I've run into some of his friends, they've come up to me. I've definitely let it go, but he's going to have to deal with the consequences of doing that, legally, publicly, socially. I think the city or the police are taking action against him."
Since the incident, the party-loving star is reluctant to go clubbing in the city over fears he will be attacked again, and has hired a bodyguard for protection.
He adds, "Now when I'm in the club I keep getting an image of something flying towards me and I keep turning around... I can't really stand with my back to the crowd now. Even though I now have a security (guard) I have to stand with my back to the wall. I'm very psychological, I'm doing my best to force myself go to back into the club. I don't want to make it an issue. Although I do check to see if there's glass in the establishment now. I look at the cups they use. I'm like a Navy Seal looking at what could possibly hurt me in there."
The alleged assailant is due to appear in court on 24 September (14).
George Clooney is set to tackle the phone-hacking scandal surrounding media mogul Rupert Murdoch's empire in his next big movie project. Clooney will direct an adaptation of Nick Davies' book Hack Attack: The Inside Story of How the Truth Caught Up With Rupert Murdoch, which explores the drama that forced the tycoon to close his British Sunday newspaper the News of the World in 2011 and led to a lengthy legal ethics investigation in the U.K.
The Oscar winner, who is planning to wed his fiancee Amal Alamuddin in Italy later this month (Sep14), will co-produce the film with his longtime business partner Grant Heslov.
Announcing the news in a statement, Clooney writes, "This has all the elements - lying, corruption, blackmail - at the highest levels of government by the biggest newspaper in London. And the fact that it’s true is the best part. Nick (Davies) is a brave and stubborn reporter and we consider it an honor to put his book to film.”
The actor/director has a personal attachment to good journalism - his father is revered newsman Nick Clooney.
Veteran music producer David Anderle has died aged 77. Anderle lost his battle with cancer on Monday (01Sep14) at his home in Los Angeles.
His impressive career spanned 35 years, and he worked with legends including the Doors, Frank Zappa and Kris Kristofferson, as well as Sheryl Crow, Aaron Neville, Judy Collins and Amy Grant.
Previously the West Coast Talent Director for MGM, and an executive at Elektra Records, Anderle also served a long stint alongside Herb Alpert as the Senior Vice President of A&R at A&M Records.
Anderle was also close friends with Beach Boys star Brian Wilson, and together they founded Brother Records - the first artist-run label - in 1966.
Anderle also served as a music supervisor for classic films including Good Morning Vietnam, The Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, Scrooged and Soul Man.
He retired in 1999.
Rolling Stone magazine boss Jann Wenner is among the 2014 recipients of the LennonOno Grant For Peace awards. Wenner, who founded the influential rock bible in the 1960s, will be handed the honour at the annual ceremony in Reykjavik, Iceland on 9 October (14), what would have been Lennon's 74th birthday.
The other recipients of the 2014 awards are Jeremy Gilley, founder of the Peace One Day organisation, bosses of New York art promoters the Art Production Fund, and Jon Gnarr, former Mayor of Reykjavik.
Lennon's widow Yoko Ono, who will present the honours, says, "In the '60s Jann made rock 'n' roll a household name single-handedly promoting it within the press. Jeremy Gilley, with Peace One Day, made it easy for all people to join the Peace movement.
"Art Production Fund is an ambitious public arts project created by Doreen Remen and Yvonne Force Villareal, whilst Jon Gnarr showed the world that governmental politics are for the people and by the people.
"I am very happy to honour each of these four recipients this year with the award that, for me, symbolises much of the work that John Lennon and I tried to do together and which I now continue to do."
The Lennon Ono Grant For Peace awards are handed out annually to key figures in the battle for world harmony. Previous recipients include Doctors Without Borders, The Centre for Constitutional Rights, and Russian protest band Pussy Riot.
Non-fiction writer and journalist Charles Bowden has died, aged 69. Bowden was found dead at his home in Las Cruces, New Mexico on Saturday (30Aug14). His close friend Ray Carroll says he had been battling an undisclosed illness and died in his sleep.
The writer penned a number of non-fiction books including Murder City, Down by the River, and Blues for the Cannibals. He was awarded the Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction in 1996, and also received a United States Artists Fellowship Grant for Artistic Excellence in 2010 in recognition of his work.
Bowden was also an investigative journalist who contributed to magazines including GQ, Esquire, and Mother Jones. He spent a decade writing about drug wars in the Mexican border city of Juarez.
An autopsy will be carried out at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
Queen drummer Roger Taylor has spoken out about his dealings with the executors of Michael Jackson's estate over his plans to release a forgotten King of Pop/Freddie Mercury duet, revealing they have been "difficult" to deal with. Taylor and his bandmate Brian May were hoping to add the song the two late music icons recorded together on the upcoming album Queen Forever, but the estate bosses are refusing to grant permission.
The rocker tells the London Evening Standard, "William Orbit did a really nice mix of one of our tracks with Michael and I'm pretty certain that will be on Queen Forever. But it's been like wading through glue."
Taylor is still hopeful that he and May will be given the OK to include the track, admitting he's still not sure what will make the new album.
He adds, "We've got some great new tracks that haven't been heard and there's an interesting selection of older stuff."
May and Taylor are currently on tour with former American Idol star Adam Lambert.
Rita Ora was convinced she would have to scrap her second prizegiving performance in as many weeks after her collaborator Iggy Azalea fell off stage two days before the MTV Video Music Awards.
The R.I.P. hitmaker had to axe her set at the Teen Choice Awards earlier this month (Aug14) after her ex-boyfriend, DJ Calvin Harris, refused to grant her permission to sing their collaborative track I Will Never You Let You Down. She had also booked an awards appearance with Azalea at the VMAs, but Ora feared she would have to scrap that performance too after the Australian rapper took a nasty tumble during a benefit concert two days before the big show.
However, Azalea was not seriously hurt and the pair was able to take to the stage together to perform their track Black Widow on Sunday night (24Aug14).
Ora tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "Bless her. I was just happy she was OK because, God forbid, we couldn't perform together after all that. Can you imagine? We've been doing three performances a day together to make sure when we release this song it was about unity. To us, this is a duet about female empowerment. We wanted to do a song where it's two blondes coming together as a unit."
Sandra Bullock is set to reunite with her Gravity co-star George Clooney for new film Our Brand is Crisis. The Oscar-winning actress has signed on to star in the film based on the 2005 documentary of the same name, about the use of American campaign tactics in South America.
Bullock, who has been linked to the project for months, officially signed on for the movie after Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green committed to take on the film, according to Variety.com.
Bullock will also serve as an executive producer, along with Clooney and his producing partner Grant Heslov.